Monthly Archives: September 2016

  • Read through the Bible, Part 26

    Proverbs 23 – Ecclesiastes 10; 2 Corinthians 3 – 10

    Few people are unfamiliar with the name C.S. Lewis. He was a literary genius par excellence. Like few others in history he was able to span the literary spectrum offering works on literary scholarship as well as children’s stories and even on Christian apologetics. He was a committed and thoughtful Christian and tenacious defender of the faith.

    It’s because of this that many were startled when they read his A Grief Observed, a book that was a reflection on life, and especially death, after his young wife’s death. In the book he spoke of the pain of grief in vivid detail. “It doesn’t really matter whether you grip the arms of the dentist’s chair or let your hands lie in your lap. The drill drills on.” But that was tame compared to … Read More »

  • Read through the Bible, Part 25

    Proverbs 6 – 22; 1 Corinthians 13 – 2 Corinthians 2

    When I meet with engaged couples for pre-marital counseling we always discuss four subjects: communication, sex, money, and Biblical manhood and womanhood. These are areas, it has always seemed to me, that are fundamental parts of any relationship and need to be intentionally thought about and cultivated. Evidently I’m not alone because nearly every book on marriage on my shelf tackles one or more of these topics. What has been interesting to me, however, is the way my counseling has evolved to include the topic of manhood and womanhood in general; from a purely human vantage point. The point I try to make is so axiomatic that it would seem it doesn’t have to be said at all. But it does and will have to be said with increasing regularity … Read More »

  • Read through the Bible, Part 24

    Psalm 138 – Proverbs 5; 1 Corinthians 7 – 12

    While on the one hand I can’t believe that Colin Kaepernick continues to make front page news—we are talking about a football player right? And since I have this little sidebar going, what does it say about a culture wherein the main cultural makers and shapers are entertainers?—I am grateful for the coverage he is getting for a couple of reasons. Kaepernick, as you know, riled American patriots because of his refusal to stand for and during the United States national anthem, which like a liturgical call to worship, is played at the beginning of every football game. And that is not an accident. Since we humans are liturgical animals we need routine and structure. It’s everywhere, really. Now here is why I am grateful. His refusal to stand at the … Read More »